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RE: Discussion – Week 10 Initial Post

In this discussion post, I will explain my choice in a nursing specialty within the program, difficulties in making my choice, and the factors that drove my decision. I will also identify one professional organization affiliated with my chosen specialty and provide details on becoming a member.

The nursing specialty program I chose to study is family nurse practitioner. I had trouble deciding between an acute nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner because I have worked in an ICU my entire nursing career and I love it. However, COVID opened my eyes to the need for education and primary care communities lack. According to an article I found, 34 out of 50 states will have physician shortages by 2030 including primary and specialty care (Zhang et al., 2020). Family nurse practitioners provide services for individuals and families throughout the lifespan (Nurse.org Staff, 2020). Being bilingual as well I feel that my job will be even more rewarding in being able to be a provider in the hispanic population and promote health. My goal as an FNP is to avoid people from deteriorating and ending up in an ICU.

A professional organization affiliated with family nurse practitioners is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. AANP not only provides memberships for Nurse Practitioners but also for nurse practitioner students, and retired nurse practitioners. The AANP’s mission is to empower nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. Being a member of AANP also provides nurses with an opportunity to have a voice in Congress through the website’s advocacy center (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, n.d.). The AANP is definitely an organization I will be joining since I now know nurse practitioner students can be a part of this amazing organization. I am beyond excited to learn how to treat a broader patient population and to become a resource to urban families.

Resources

American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (n.d.) Why Join? https://www.aanp.org/membership/why-join

Nurse.org Staff. (2020). What is a Family Nurse Practitioner? https://nurse.org/resources/family-nurse-practitioner/

Zhang, X., Lin, D., Pforsich, H., & Lin, V. W. (2020). Physician workforce in the United States of America: forecasting nationwide shortages. Human resources for health18(1), 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-020-0448-3.

 

You have probably seen one or more of the many inspirational posters about decisions. A visual such as a forked road or a street sign is typically pictured, along with a quote designed to inspire.

Decisions are often not so easily inspired. Perhaps you discovered this when choosing a specialty within the MSN program. This decision is a critical part of your plan for success, and you no doubt want to get it right. This is yet another area where your network can help, as well as other sources of information that can help you make an informed choice.

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To Prepare:

  • Reflect on your decision to pursue a specialty within the MSN program, including your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.

By Day 3 of Week 10

Post an explanation of your choice of a nursing specialty within the program. Describe any difficulties you had (or are having) in making your choice, and the factors that drove/are driving your decision. Identify at least one professional organization affiliated with your chosen specialty and provide details on becoming a member. Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

By Day 6 of Week 10

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by sharing your thoughts on their specialty, supporting their choice or offering suggestions if they have yet to choose.

Submission and Grading Information

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Bickford, C. J., Marion, L., & Gazaway, S. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, third edition – 2015. Retrieved from http://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/12524

Cherry, B., Caramanica, L, Everett, L. Q., Fennimore, L., & Elaine, S. (2019). Leveraging the power of board leadership in professional nursing organizations. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(11), 517-519. Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connections by joining a professional nursing organization. Nursing, 48(12), 35–38.

Truant, R., & Chan, R. J. (2017). Future ready: Strengthening oncology nursing leadership in the context of professional oncology nursing organizations. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 27(1), 2-4.

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.waldenu.edu/masters/master-of-science-in-nursing

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Choose among the following to review your specialization’s Scope and Standards of Practice or Competencies:

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author. Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

“The Scope of Nursing Informatics Practice: Functional Areas of Nursing Informatics” (pp. 18–39)

Nursing Education

Website: Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003 National League for Nursing. (2019). Nurse educator core competency. Retrieved from http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/competencies-for-nursing-education/nurse-educator-core-competency

Note: The competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator do not encompass the competencies or scope and standards of practice for the Nursing Professional Developer. The set of competencies associated with that specific role within the Nurse Education specialization will be examined in future competencies throughout your specialization program of study.

Nurse Executive

Website: Nurse Executive Competencies

American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2015). AONL Nurse Executive competencies. Retrieved from https://www.aonl.org/resources/nurse-leader-competencies

Public Health Nursing

Website: Public Health Nursing Competencies

Quad Council Coalition. (2018). Community/Public Health Nursing [C/PHN] competencies. Retrieved from http://www.quadcouncilphn.org/documents-3/2018-qcc-competencies/

American Nurses Association. (2013). Public health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

Walden University offers various nursing specialties that scholars can choose from that cater to their end career goal. Walden’s online programs for nursing meet rigorous standards for academic quality and integrity, and the College of Nursing didactic faculty all hold doctorates (Walden, n.d.).The staff of Walden including the academic and student success advisors are dedicated to ensuring that you have made the right choice in a specialty in the Master’s program. Choosing Education for my specialty was an effortless decision for me to make. While pursuing my Bachelor’s degree, I excelled in my Nursing courses and that lead me to start tutoring other students that were struggling in various courses. While tutoring, it inspired me to want to become a Nursing school professor which is one of the reasons I decided to pursue my Master’s degree. Knowing how hard it was to obtain my Nursing degree, I knew I wanted to be a part of making the journey easier for future students. There is currently a nursing professor shortage in the U.S. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S Nursing schools turned down 80,407 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs (AACN, 2020).

Program Specialty 

As a nurse, I want to give back and provide education and mentorship to students the same way I received it. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and offering tips that help other students and coworkers succeed. Being a nurse, you are always learning throughout your career and that is one of the reasons I decided to be a nurse. Helping people who feel that certain tasks or concepts are challenging is so fulfilling to me. Since I am a new graduate Nurse, I am unsure about what my end goal is for my career. I’ve struggled back and forth in deciding if I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner in the future. Knowing that I wanted to be an Educator indefinitely, I decided to pursue that career path first, and then if I decided I want to be an NP I could pursue that as well.

 

                                                                                   Professional Organization 

Joining a professional organization is essential in furthering and growing your nursing career. These memberships provide various opportunities to network and learn practices that can contribute to your duties as a nurse and a leader. While engagement in professional organizations can prove to be a valuable personal investment of a nurse’s time and money, it is up to the organization’s board leader to promote the most current and relevant professional development opportunities to support and influence their members (Cherry, 2019). This is why finding a qualified and accredited organization that best fits your personal goals and growth. One professional organization that is affiliated with my Education specialty is the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as I mentioned previously. This organization works to establish quality standards for nursing education and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice (AACN, n.d.). To become a part of this organization, you must apply as an institution so that all faculty and students become members. As a future educator, I would recommend that the school that I teach at becomes a member of this organization. This membership ensures that students and faculty are receiving the proper education and quality needed to serve today’s population. I hope that one day I can be a member of this organization through an elite and accredited Nursing program.

                                                   References

AACN. (2020). News & Information. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/news-information/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage

Cherry, Barbara, DNSc, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Caramanica, Laura, PhD, RN, CNE, CENP, et al. (2019). Leveraging the Power of Board Leadership in Professional Nursing Organizations. Journal of Nursing Administration, 49, 517-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0000000000000805

Walden University. (2020). Nursing Program. Retrieved November 01, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/programs/nursing

Peer Response

Chanel,

Thanks for your post. I am pursuing my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in nursing education. As you mentioned, there is a nursing professor shortage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 17% increase in demand for nurse educators through 2029 (Walden University, n.d.). This is one of the many reasons I felt a calling to return to school for a MSN. Many well qualified students are turned away due to lack of faculty in nursing schools (Shipman & Hooten, 2008). This disturbs me and drives me to recruit other great nurses to become involved in academic teaching.

Joining a professional organization is a great way to continue your professional development and network with other colleagues in your specialty. You mentioned the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and joining requirements are for institutions to apply and includes memberships for all faculty and students. The AACN is a wonderful organization if you are affiliated with an institution with membership. If you are not, I would recommend joining the National League of Nurses. This organization allows individual membership at a low cost of $80 per year. Membership benefits include their publication “Nursing Education Perspectives” which includes research articles on the advancement of nurse education (NLN, n.d.).

Good luck on your journey, C…

References

National League of Nurses (NLN). (n.d.). Membership Services. Retrieved on November 2, 2020, from https://www.nln.org/membership

Shipman, D., & Hooten, J. (2008). Without enough nurse educators there will be a continual decline in RNs and the quality of nursing care: Contending with the faculty shortage. Nurse Education Today, 28, 521-523. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2008.03.001

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education. Retrieved on November 2, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/online-masters-programs/master-of-science-in-nursing/msn-nursing-education

Hi C..,

I commend you for knowing your desired MSN path you want to pursue early on in your nursing career. It sounds like you do have a great passion for teaching. As you have mentioned in your post, qualified undergraduate and graduate nursing applicants are being turned away due to faculty shortages as the top reason (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2020). As the demand for nurses is continually increasing, this is a genuine concern (BLS, n.d.).  To produce trained nurses, committed nurse educators are a crucial necessity (Gleeson, M., 2020).

Just like you, I also had difficulty deciding which MSN track I would pursue. I struggled between the family nurse practitioner and nursing informatics track. Considering the nature of the job that I will eventually take on after graduation, was a significant factor in determining the best choice. With your willingness to provide genuine guidance and offer constructive feedback to others, you will achieve great things in your chosen MSN career path (Valiga, T. & Thornlow, D., 2018). Good luck on your academic and professional journey. I wish you the best.

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2020). Nursing Faculty Shortage. Aacnnursing.Org. https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Faculty-Shortage

Gleeson, M. (2020). Institutions Innovate to Fill the National Shortage of Nurse Educators. INSIGHT into Diversity94(4/5), 58–60.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). (n.d.). Table 8. Occupations with the largest projected number of job openings due to growth and replacement needs, 2012 and projected 2022. Www.Bls.Gov. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t08.htm

Valiga, T., Thornlow, D. (2018). What to consider when choosing a graduate nursing program. Nursing, 48, 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NURSE.0000527614.67902.8e

Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 6: Finalizing the Plan

At some point in every construction project, efforts turn from design and the focus moves to actual construction. With the vision in place and the tools secured, the blueprint can be finalized and approved. Then it is time to put on hardhats and begin work.

Throughout the course you have developed aspects of your Academic and Professional Development Plan. You have thought a great deal about your vision and goals, your academic and professional network of support, research strategies and other tools you will need, the integrity of your work, and the value of consulting the work of others. With your portfolio in place, it is now time to finalize your blueprint for success.

Much as builders remain cognizant of the building standards as they plan and begin construction, nurses must remain mindful of the formal standards of practice that govern their specialties. A good understanding of these standards can help ensure that your success plan includes any steps necessary to excel within your chosen specialty.

In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by developing the final component–a review of your specialty standards of practice. You will also submit your final version of the document, including Parts 1–5.

To Prepare:

  • Review the scope and standards of practice or competencies related to your chosen specialty in the resources for this module.
  • Review the MSN specializations offered at Walden by viewing the module resource, Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
  • Examine professional organizations related to the specialization you have chosen and identify at least one to focus on for this Assignment.
  • Reflect on the thoughts you shared in the Discussion forum regarding your choice of a specialty, any challenges you have encountered in making this choice, and any feedback you have received from colleagues in the Discussion.

The Assignment:
Complete the following items and incorporate them into the final version of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan.

  • With the resources specific to the MSN specialization and the, Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), shared in this module, write a paragraph or make a Nursing Specialty Comparison table, comparing at least two nursing specialties that include your selected specialization and second-preferred specialization.
  • Write a 2- to 3-paragraph justification statement identifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Incorporate feedback you received from colleagues in this Module’s Discussion forum.
  • Identify the professional organization related to your chosen specialization for this Assignment, and explain how you can become an active member of this organization.

Note: Your final version of the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan should include all components as presented the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan template.

By Day 5 of Week 11

Submit your final draft of Parts 1-6 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan.

Submission and Grading Information

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK11Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Week 11 Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 11 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK11Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

Name: NURS_6003_Module06_Week10_Discussion_Rubric

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. 

Supported by at least three current, credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. 

Supported by at least three credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s). 

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. 

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Post is cited with two credible sources. 

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately. 

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. 

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Contains only one or no credible sources. 

Not written clearly or concisely. 

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
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